"He's doing more and we're hoping he can play," Rodriguez said. "I have to check with the defensive guys to see how much he did today. Last week he did nothing, this week he is doing at least half that."
"If Jake can't go, he's the guy," Rodriguez said. "Jake is a seasoned veteran that can probably play three linebacker positions. Hank's been in the system and knows it pretty well. Jake just has certain instincts and leadership, so we're hoping he can go."
"Only if they were really talented, but it is tough at any position, but certainly that position is probably a little bit tougher," he said. "Which would you rather have, talent or experience? Give me talent because experience will come, but if you had your druthers, give me both.
"They are talented. They are very, very talented. They have gotten better now that they are eight, nine games in; you can see that their experience is starting to take shape.
"He missed so much time that it was basically like starting over, so he is on scout team now," Rodriguez said.
"You're talking about Myles Jack, who is a tremendous freshman and will be a first rounder," Rodriguez said. "Jordan Zumwalt has been there forever and is a great player. We didn't block those guys at all last year and (Anthony) Barr, that was his first year.
"They are really talented. Their athleticism, you can see it. Fundamentally we have to be really, really good. We have worked on that a little extra this week, but we'll see what happens Saturday night."
"Just more experienced," Rodriguez said. "I think he understands the system better, it's his second year of Coach Mazzone's system. I think he knows where to go with the ball quicker and you see that with any quarterback with his maturation. He is more decisive and you can see that with Brett."
"Not only eye discipline, but scheme discipline where if you have a certain area you have to make sure you cover that before you go help," Rodriguez said.
"I wasn't really happy with our pursuit last week and I have been on our guys, but they need to make sure they pursue smartly. They have to cover their tail first and then pursue this week because of some of the things Hundley can do to you."